Updated: 14th Jun 2021
Safer Gambling Week is the new name for the industry initiative that used to be called Responsible Gambling Week. It’s been run every year since 2017 but this year, it’s going up a gear.
Safer Gambling Week aims to engage staff, customers and the general public in a conversation about safer gambling and raise awareness of
There’s masses of really helpful information about this on the Safer Gambling website which is available all year round, not just for Safer Gambling Week.
Safer Gambling Week 2020 runs from 19th – 25th November 2020 and during that time, comparision sites like us and operators from all across the gambling industry, online and offline – bingo, sportsbook, casino, slots, poker, lottery and others – will be promoting and sharing safer gambling messaging on site, on social media and via email and direct message where appropriate.
Part of this year’s messaging focuses on five key behaviours of safer gambling
The first two items on the list are where operators can take – and are taking – positive action. Over the last few years, an array of user configurable safer gambling tools have been introduced to help players set limits:
Some operators have gone even further and introduced extra tools that allow fine tuning, for example:
“Only spend what you can afford” is a little trickier for operators to act on without upsetting their players. To be able to help players with this – as the Gambling Commission requires that they do – they must first find out what the player can afford and this has led to what some players have regarded as rather intrusive questioning about occupation and source of funds. If you are a truly modest spender by anyone’s standards this may never be an issue for you, but if you earn a lot and like to splash the cash you should expect any reputable operator, these days, to ask for evidence that you can afford it.
What about the last three items on the list though? How can operators and indeed comparison sites help there?
We welcome Safer Gambling Week and other such initiatives; it’s great to see the massive steps forward the industry has taken over the last few years regarding the way it looks after players and protects them from gambling related harm.